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Pins & Tales is published quarterly by The Society of American Period Furniture Makers and is one of the many benefits of SAPFM membership.

The editorial team proudly presents the latest issue of Pins & Tales, the SAPFM eMagazine, and we wish you the best for the coming year.

SAPFM P&T Winter 2021

As always we provide an up to date listing of upcoming classes, conferences and events, along with news from our regional chapters and our board. Be sure to check out some changes to SAPFM events that traditionally occur in conjunction with the Colonial Williamsburg “Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference”: our annual members meeting, in-person Board of Directors meeting and the Cartouche Award banquet. If you want to sign up for the conference itself, act fast as registration closes on New Year’s Day. There are two other upcoming conferences you won’t want to miss, one at the Winterthur Museum and one at MESDA, and the SAPFM Mid-year Conference is planned for the summer of 2022.

Our regional chapters enjoyed a return to in-person meetings this fall and we feature what our fellow members have accomplished and what they plan for the future. Our Board of Directors has been active, growing our online presence through social media and, through the hard work of Joe Kunzman and Keith Doney remaking the SAPFM website. Remember that we are a non-profit, volunteer organization. There are many benefits to SAPFM membership but the biggest benefit is in stepping up and volunteering. Your help is needed both at the chapter level and for the national organization, and it is appreciated by your fellow members. We are still looking for a member to fill our Vice President position, and your local chapter can always use some help.

What takes place in the shop is the main focus for most of us and several of our members share what they have learned in building their projects. Read for inspiration and inside knowledge of constructing the details of a secretary desk, a miniature knee hole desk, a Newport tall case clock, and a pair of Seymour secretaries. A common thread through all of these stories is SAPFM members helping each other over the tricky parts. The 2022 Cartouche recipient is announced and we profile a woodworking school in Michigan that offers week long and weekend classes in addition to a year long career focused program and a special program tailored to the needs of veterans.

As you work on your projects this winter, don’t forget to take photos and notes along the way so you can share what you do (and how you do it) with your fellow members. Both our newsletter and our annual journal depend on contributions from our members. Get in touch with me and get the process started.

-- Bob Lang, editor 


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